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|Year and rate of winter fuel payment (WFP)|
|2003-04 (£200)||2003-04 (£300)||2004-05 (£200)||2004-05 (£300)||2005-06 (£200)||2005-06 (£300)||2006-07 (£200)||2006-07 (£300)|
|Region||WFP as a percentage of average winter fuel bill for all households|
1. From winter 2003-04 the winter fuel payment increased to £300 for people aged 80 or over.
2. The percentage figures in the tables are based on an average of all households expenditure on fuel, by region.
3. Note that family spending was produced from 2006 as an annual year report therefore the 2006-07 percentages in the tables do not take account of data for January to March 2007. 2006 data are the latest available.
Family Spending Surveys 2002-03 to 2006.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Expenditure in 2006-07 on winter fuel payments in Crosby constituency in 2006-07 was £2.9 million. Figures for winter 2007-08 are not yet available. Forecasts of benefit expenditure are not produced at parliamentary constituency level.
1. Expenditure figures have been rounded to the nearest £100,000.
2. Parliamentary constituencies and local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
Please note that a small number of these households receive amounts higher than the usual rate for their age group, where the household includes more than two individuals each entitled to payments at half of the usual household rate.
Information directorate 100 per cent. data
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer Question 230115, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 27 October 2008, on payment of maintenance owed to the Child Support Agency. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer question 230140, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 27 October 2008, on funding for the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer Question 230141, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 27 October 2008, on child maintenance initiatives. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data collection his Department routinely makes in respect of alcohol-related admissions to (a) accident and emergency and (b) acute wards. 
Dawn Primarolo: Data on admissions to, and the care provided by national health service (NHS) hospitals, along with data on NHS hospital patients treated elsewhere, are routinely collected by the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) database. HES data record the diagnosis codes associated with each admission, and have three main diagnosis codes relating to alcohol:
Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol (F10);
Alcoholic liver disease (K70); and
Toxic effect of alcohol (T51).
The North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO) has developed a new methodology for analysing data concerning alcohol related hospital admissions. Following international best practice, the NWPHO methodology uses Alcohol Attributable Fractions (AAFs). These AAFs consider a much wider range of diseases and injuries in which alcohol plays a part and estimate the proportion of cases that can be attributed to the consumption of alcohol. These figures are currently being finalised and will be made available in due course.
It is important to note that (i) HES data are collected at national health service trust and not at ward level and (ii) individuals are not admitted to accident and emergency, they may be admitted to hospital via accident and emergency. Data are not available centrally from which alcohol-related attendances in accident and emergency departments can be identified.
The Department commissioned the Alcohol Needs Assessment Research Project (ANARP),in 2005, to assess alcohol treatment needs and provision in England. ANARP estimated expenditure of £217 million (2004-5 prices), or £235 million (2006-7 prices, inflated using the HCHS index) for spend on specialist alcohol treatment services. A copy of the publication has been placed in the Library.
The authors set out a number of reasons why this figure may be an overestimate, including a lack of data on the funding split between alcohol and drug treatment for agencies that offer both, an assumption that all those who accessed specialist alcohol treatment received an intervention, and an assumption of no drop-out before treatment completion.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what modelling his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on future levels of disease resulting from current levels of alcohol consumption. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Department published an estimate of the burden on alcohol-related disease to the national health service on 22 July, The cost of alcohol harm to the NHS in England: An update to the Cabinet Office (2003) study. A copy has already been placed in the Library and is also available at:
As a part of its contribution to the Home Office Public Service Agreement to reduce drug and alcohol harm the Department has commissioned modelling on the likely changes in the rate of hospital admissions by March 2011. This will be available in March 2009 and will be used for internal delivery planning and reporting purposes.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which primary care trust spending on services to reduce alcohol harm correlates with the extent of alcohol problems on the local population. 
Dawn Primarolo: Data on national health service spend on alcohol interventions are not collected; however primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for ensuring that the health priorities and needs of their local populations are met and are adequately funded.
To assist PCTs, and other local health care and social care organisations, to understand and address the impact that higher-risk drinking is having on the health of their local population, the Department has commissioned the North West Public Health Observatory to produce Local Alcohol Profiles.
Local Alcohol Profiles bring together evidence that indicates the impact of alcohol on each local authority and PCT area in England, using 23 different indicators relating to individual, community and population implications of alcohol use and their effects on health and well-being.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1371-72W, on antibiotics, how much was spent by hospitals in each region on antibiotics in each year since 1997-98 for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of hospital spend on antibiotics from 2001-02 (the earliest year for which figures are available), by net ingredient cost (NIC), by each strategic health authority (SHA) in England and their predecessor bodies, are shown in the following table.
|Estimated hospital spend on antibiotics in England 2001-02 to 2007-08 (NIC)|
|Notes: 1. Figures are based on the current SHA structure introduced in July 2006. Figures for before then are aggregated from SHA predecessor bodies. 2. The net ingredient cost (NIC) is the cost of the drug at NHS list price. IMS Health data are classified according to a version of the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) classification system used by the World Health Organisation. Data have been provided for antibiotic products in the ATC categories below, as these correspond most closely to British National Formulary (BNF) section 5.1 (Antibacterial drugs). J01 antibacterials for systemic use J03 systemic sulphonamides J04 antimycobacterials J08 other anti-infectives. There will be some antibiotic products, such as topical creams and eye drops, which are not included in BNF 5.1. Source: IMS Health: Hospital Pharmacy Audit Index.|
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